An excellent start to a new series and a captivating & emotionally gripping story by Mercedes Lackey.
The narrator does an commendable job, e..Show More »ach character seems to come alive as a separate entity. I don't think the sample is as good a choice as it could have been to show off the narrator.
The 500 Kingdoms are inhabited by a manner of good and evil magical beings, beasts and humans, from the Fae, Brownies and Unicorns to Giants, Dragons, and Evil Witches, Mages and Sorceresses and their minions
The 500 Kingdoms are imbued with magic and the powerful force of tradition which tries to bend its peoples Magical or otherwise to its will for good or bad.
Tradition intended Elena to be a Cinderella, except that her would be prince was only eleven when she turned twenty-one, so her evil stepmother abandons her and decides to try her fortune hunting in other lands.
Elena, penniless and alone decides to become a paid servant, but her Fairy Godmother decides to take her on as an apprentice.
The magical potential that has built up in her through the unfulfilled tradition gives her huge magical powers. Thus Elena's tale and trials begin, but at least now she has a home and people that care for her and last but not least a purpose . . .
Warning whilst most of this book is G rated in small sections mainly near the end of the book it ups the eroticism for a bit but its not over done in my opinion but it may upset some readers.
There is a nice tone of humor throughout and It has great multilayered characters that grow as the story progresses.
This is an Fantasy adventure story with a side of romance and Elena is a remarkably strong female lead that has a vulnerable human side.
I had read two or three other books in the 500 Kingdoms series. They aren't great works of literature but they are inventive and fun. I enjoy the aut..Show More »hor's work so I picked this one up.
It was good, the story pans back and forth between two areas of focus for much of the book, which was a little difficult at first because there's often no marker to indicate the switch. I was irked at the pronunciation of the word "mage," but other than that the narrator did an excellent job, even the accents were good.
The story was interesting and engaging, and I didn't see the ending coming. I would recommend the book to any fantasy lover as an interesting view on fairytales.
Book 1, 5 and 6 are the best of this series to date.
The villain is pretty easy to pick out from the get go but aside from that the story sti..Show More »ll holds the readers interest with good character and world building.
If you were expecting to read a copy of Red Riding Hood you have the wrong book. The story does however doe include a female lead, Isabella who wears a red cloak, a "Granny", a wise old woman, who she visits who lives in the woods out side town, a game keeper and well a were wolf and even a step mother and step sisters thrown into the mix along with sorcerers, invisible servants, curses, spells and well i guess you need to read it to find out how all this comes together and of course the romance and life threatening encounters . . .
It's a good read and well worth adding to your library
Mercedes Lackey dropped the ball a bit after the first book but picked it up again with books 5 and 6
although each story is separate in its own right characters do appear from previous books but in the main aside from the godmother Elena and her household non of the previous books main chracters are a common thread though out this series.
Unlike the Tradition . . .
I would recommend this book and series bearing in mind the above comments on some of the books in the series which don't match up to the quality of books 1, 5 and 6 but are still readable.
Comments made above are obviously a reflection of my current taste and opinions.